Next North Korean Nuke Test Could Trigger Ferocious Volcano
Jon Bowne for Daily News Collective
Eager to prove to the world they have big bombs too. North Korea is reportedly ready to ratchet up its kiloton output for its sixth nuclear test to its own possible detriment. International Business Times writes “While North Korea nuclear tests did not trigger an earthquake, they do have the potential to make a volcano erupt. Sitting about 120km from where the test was carried out, Mount Paektu is an active volcano that last erupted in 1903. It was responsible for one of the largest and most violent eruptions in the last 5,000 years – the Millennium eruption of 946 AD.In a study published in Scientific Reports, a team of scientists led by Hong Tae-kyung from Yonsei University warned strong ground motions from explosions could disturb the magma chamber of the volcano. Their findings showed explosions with magnitudes of between 5 and 7.6 could cause overpressure in the magma chamber, triggering an eruption.”
North Korea’s last Nuclear Test was estimated to have been in the 6 kiloton range. Anything could happen if the threats to detonate sometime during the North Korean Day of the Sun celebration are realized. However, China is now publicly displaying their arsenal urging North Korea to end it’s race towards nuclear chaos.
Russia lays claim to the largest non nuclear bomb in the world Business Insider writes “The so-called father of all bombs is thought to be about four times as big as the MOAB. It’s a thermobaric bomb with a destruction radius of nearly 1,000 feet and a blast yield of nearly 44 tons of TNT.Thermobaric weapons differ from conventional bombs in that they combine with atmospheric oxygen to greatly extend the blast radius.Developed in 2007, the FOAB explodes in midair, igniting a fuel-air mixture. It is designed to vaporize targets and collapse structures, producing powerful blasts and aftershocks but without the radioactive fallout of a nuclear weapon.”